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Greasy Hands, Brandi Carlile, Otakon Music Festival, Biters, and more

WEDNESDAY:

The Ottobar's Halloween show features

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Greasy Hands

and

Freedom Enterprise

, while the 8x10's features

Second Self

and

3 Fifths

. Indie-rap vet Aesop Rock headlines Baltimore Soundstage. The

David Winter Duo

provide piano with bass accompaniment at Sullivan's Steakhouse. Dancing in the Dark presents

3LAU

at the Recher Theatre. Long-running novelty rockers

Electric Six

plays the Black Cat in Washington.

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Don't miss:

Instrumental acts rule at the Windup Space, with a lineup that includes

Microkingdom

and

Les Rhinocérose

.

THURSDAY:

Claude Debussy's 150th birthday is celebrated with the Debussy Project, Part II at An die Musik, featuring Brazilian pianist

Ronaldo Rolim

. Seattle alt-country singer/songwriter

Brandi Carlile

headlines the Lyric.

Versus the World

, featuring members of the Ataris and Lagwagon, opens for the

MxPx All-Stars

and

Unwritten Law

at the Ottobar. The

Baltimore School For The Arts' wind ensemble and jazz band

gives a public concert at the school. Texan country rockers

Reckless Kelly

plays Rams Head Live with the

Dirty River Boys

.

FRIDAY:

The corniest pop rapper from Canada before Drake came along,

K'Naan

, plays Rams Head Live. Local synth-rock throwbacks

Red This Ever

play the Sidebar with

Skydivers

and

Stereograph

. Rock-and-soul combo

Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good

play their monthly gig at the Point in Fells. Brit punks

Gallows

cross the pond to play the Ottobar. Ivan Neville's

Dumpstaphunk

gets down and dirty at Baltimore Soundstage with

Anders Osborne

. Jazz drummer Nasar Abadey and his band

Supernova

play at An die Musik. In a Dia De Los Muertos show, indie rappers

Soul Cannon

is joined by experimental Dutch band

Cactus Truck

and the

Barnyard Sharks

(disclosure: with

CP

's Baynard Woods) at the Windup Space. Westminster alt-rockers the

Velocity Theory

returns from a three-year break at the Recher Theatre.

Don't miss:

War On Women

,

Adults

, and

Widow's Watch

play Charm City Art Space's Marriage For Equality rally.

SATURDAY:

The first-ever Otakon Music Festival, a fall companion to the summer's annual Baltimore anime convention, will be held at Rams Head Live, with performances by

Jam Project

,

Faylan

, and

Natsuko Aso

.

Further Seems Forever

, with Dashboard Confessional douche Chris Carraba, plays the Ottobar. Jam-band-circuit royalty the

Werks

headline Baltimore Soundstage with

Deaf Scene

and the

Folkadelics

. Austin rockers

Scorpion Child

plays the Sidebar with

Betty Sue Aside

and

Musket Hawk

. House DJ

Wolfgang Gartner

spins at the Loyola College Reitz Arena. Nearby at Goucher, Baltimore Choral Arts presents the Baltimore premiere of Ysaye Barnwell's

Fortune's Bones

: the Manumission Requiem at the Kraushaar Auditorium. Reggae Beatles tribute act

Yellow Dubmarine

chants down Abbey Road at the 8x10 with

Subtle Hustle

.

Don't miss:

Reunited '80s Baltimore rock heroes the

Ravyns

play "Raised on the Radio" and other old favorites at the Recher Theatre with

AR15

and the

Vamps

.

SUNDAY: Brokencyde

, the horrifying new thing teenagers were listening to in 2008, seems kind of quaint now at the Recher Theatre. Creative Differences brings

Ab Baars

and

Ig Henneman

all the way from the Netherlands to perform at the Windup Space.

Eric Hutchinson

plays "almost solo," whatever the hell that means, at Rams Head Live.

Heidi Martin

pays tribute to Abbey Lincoln at An die Musik. Canadian metalcore stars

Abandon All Ships

headline the Ottobar with

For All Those Sleeping

,

Skip the Foreplay

, and

Palisades

. Jack Johnson's surfing buddy

Donavon Frankenreiter

paddles into the 8x10.

Don't miss:

Trace Blam

,

Stillborn Identity

,

Gage

, and

Detale

bring hip-hop to the Charm City Art Space.

MONDAY: Biters

play an album-release party at the Metro Gallery with

Wyldlyfe

and the

Ravagers

. Warped Tour alumni the

Swellers

headline the Ottobar with

Pentimento

and

Diamond Youth.

Don't miss:

One of the greatest MCs of all time,

Nas

, brings his excellent new album,

Life Is Good

, and some of those bulletproof classics to Rams Head Live.

TUESDAY:

Florida death-metal legends

Deicide

plays Baltimore Soundstage. The

Out of Your Head

collective makes up something out of nothing at the Windup Space. Political punks

USA Waste

hits the Sidebar with

Harley Frost

.

WEDNESDAY:

California "sun-rockers"

Radical Something

plays Baltimore Soundstage.

Carrie Underwood

, still one of country music and

American Idol

's biggest stars, headlines 1st Mariner Arena.

IN THE WINGS:

Political-rap smartasses the

Coup

hits Baltimore Soundstage on Dec. 8. (For more information, visit baltimoresoundstage.com or call [410] 244-0057.) Also on Dec. 8, the

Robert Cray Band

plays Rams Head Live, and trust us, that shit will be cray. (For more information, visit ramsheadlive.com or call [410] 244-1131.)

Trey Songz

,

Miguel

, and

Elle Varner

, who are collectively responsible for several of the year's best R&B hits, will be at 1st Mariner Arena on Dec. 16. (For more information, visit baltimorearena.com or call [410] 347-2020.)

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